Deal of the week: Games, games, games—and some hardware, too

The Steam Summer Sale has been running all week, slowly impoverishing PC gamers everywhere. There are still some great deals to be found among today’s picks, including:

  • Alan Wake$7.49
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent$4.99
  • Civilization V$7.49
  • Crysis 2$11.99
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution$7.49
  • Driver San Francisco$7.49

Not one to be one-upped, Amazon also has a number of games on sale on its digital distribution platform. Those include several titles that either cost more on Steam or aren’t available on Valve’s service at all:

Of course, the flood of game bargains doesn’t mean there are no hardware deals to be found. Newegg, for one, is letting folks shave 10% off desktop memory modules using the promo code EMCNCHN45. You can grab an 8GB Corsair ValueSelect DDR3-1333 dual-channel kit for $37.79 with free shipping instead of $41.99. Just enter "EMCNCHN45" (without the quotes) on the checkout page.

Similarly, Newegg has a promo code that takes $50 off select laptops. Eligible systems include Sony’s Vaio SVT13114GXS ultrabook, which you can grab for $799.99 with free shipping instead of $849.99. The system has a 13.3" display, a 1.7GHz Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, a 32GB solid-state drive, and a 500GB mechanical hard drive. The laptop is 0.71" thick and weighs in at 3.54 lbs.

North of the border, NCIX has a sale of its own underway: the Christmas in July Sale. Notable bargains there include an 8GB kit of Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 memory, which is available for $39.99 CAD, and OCZ’s 120GB Agility 3 solid-state drive, which you can grab for $89.99 CAD after a $10 mail-in rebate.

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    • Mightyflapjack
    • 7 years ago

    Only partially Steam related, but when the heck will the original COD: Black Ops go under $15?

    The lowest I have seen this game is around $20, and that is too much for a game that released nearly 2 years ago.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 7 years ago

    Thanks to steam sales I played magicka and borderlands this weekend. Two games I never would have otherwise. I think we can give valve a pat on the back.

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 7 years ago

    Steam has its place but in the larger scheme of things I’d rather support (in this order) DotEmu, Gamersgate, GOG.com.

    Steam covers over the fact that companies like Ubi want to have you be online all the time – and make no mistake Steam *is* drm. Offline mode works when and if it wants to. And you can be banned. DotEmu and GOG are completely drm-free – and Gamersgate does its best to have things be drm-free while still having the latest titles.

    I always ask myself these questions about a game on sale at Steam – will I want to mod it? Does it come from a company whose policies are repugnant? Will I want to play it on my laptop (which isn’t always on line)? Do I feel ok about paying this price to rent this game?

    Edited to add: Tropico 3 Gold is on sale at GOG is super fun – and without the lame internet based drm that it had.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      I always worry that Steam Workshop is just the beginnings of a massive micro-transaction / “app store” environment for games, meant to work on a “99cents to buy, 25c to the guy who made it, 25c to steam, 50c to the parent game dev” model. It sounds good and all, but encourages the scum to try and use it for their own means…

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 7 years ago

        As digital distribution develops you’ll see traditional publishing become less and less relevant. EA and activision will be forced to operate as giant development houses rather than gate key holders.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      Does anyone dispute Steam is DRM? We all know this, some of us are just happy to give up some of our rights in exchange for the additional services Steam provides.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 7 years ago

        You don’t but I’ve seen it vehemently argued that it wasn’t in a great many threads. There are any number of people that love Steam and Valve to such an irrational degree that they’ll go ape over any criticism of them – such as the person that down-voted this comment.

        As long as you realize that you’re renting your games and you go into it knowing the trade-offs I have no problem with it. However, I won’t buy anything off of Steam I can’t also find a way to play without it.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 7 years ago

      But [i<]I like Steam[/i<]. Valve found a way to make we [i<]want[/i<] DRM.

      • clone
      • 7 years ago

      I haven’t been to GOG in quite a while, thanks for reminding me about it.

      also nice to see someone who’s bought from it offering up a testimonial for credibility.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Addenum: I just bought Serious Sam 3 for $10 ( a few hours ago) and Arma 2 for DayZ. I don’t think Arma 2 will get any cheaper so it might be a good idea to hop on Arma 2 if you want to play DayZ. Damn stingy Russians. XD

      • yokem55
      • 7 years ago

      Well, it’s been mentioned that they might go the standalone route in a few months. I’d hate to put money into ARMA II just to have the mod up and move on to a standalone system requiring another purchase…

    • odizzido
    • 7 years ago

    When I get alan wake it will be on GOG. DRM free please.

      • kilkennycat
      • 7 years ago

      Amen… Purchased from GOG already in the GOG-release sale.

    • yokem55
    • 7 years ago

    For me, the best strategy on whether to go for any of the Steam Sale deals, is to ask myself – if this game were completely free, would I still take the time to play it? The answer most of the time, is no. And my credit card is happier for it, because it is way to tempting to pick up a game on sale, and just never get around to playing it….

      • moose17145
      • 7 years ago

      Yea I have employed that strategy before too…

      I REALLY REALLY want to hop on that Civ 5 deal… but my issue with that game would be the opposite of not playing… the last time I got really addicted to a Civ game was my freshman year of college… I missed an entire week of class because of Civ 3… Almost had a relapse when Civ 4 came out (fortunately I pulled myself away in time before my soul got consumed)… lets just say I cannot afford to miss a week of life at a time to a game like that anymore. So I am choosing to take the more responsible path of not purchasing the game so that I don’t get tempted to try something like that again… but sooo tempting… lol

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 years ago

        I bought Civ 5 shortly after it was released and have played it a ton – probably too much. The game has a ton of replay value and the constant balancing of the game keeps it fresh. My biggest complaint of the game is the irrational AI. One turn the AI will declare war on another AI, the declare peace, then become friends, and then war, and it seems to always be the same.

        Sadly, this is the first Civ game I’ve played, and my free time is thankful for it.

          • internetsandman
          • 7 years ago

          The difficulty in Civ V is what bugs me. Instead of making it more aggressive or tactical or more efficient, increasing the difficulty just arbitrarily gives the AI opponents more stuff outright. I want a challenge that I can outthink using rules I know apply to both sides, instead of watching an AI dip to bancruptcy and still in negative cash flow with no perceivable retractions from their play

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            you have a super computer to run that AI? i realize it’s frustrating, but your brain is quite a bit more clever than your desktop CPU.

            • travbrad
            • 7 years ago

            Considering most of the AI calculations take place after you hit the “next turn” button, I wouldn’t be opposed to waiting a bit longer between turns if it meant better AI.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i would. i already wait like 30-60 seconds sometimes late game. it gets annoying.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            You could get a CPU from this decade :p

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, SSK, and don’t get an AMD FX CPU either if you want it to be an actual improvement over your Q6600.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            next time i win the lottery. My cousin gave me his PII 940, as his mobo bit the dust, but i can’t find an am2+ motherboard that’s cheap enough/available. it’s SLIGHTLY faster than my q6600. One of they guys in the forum said he had one, but i thought he wanted a lot for it, but then he suggested it wouldn’t be bad, and then i said ok, how much, and then he never replied again. so that’s where i’m at with that. my 775 mobo is starting to act up, and when it goes, i’ll be down to my core 2 laptop, with arrandale. if that happens… well… it’ll be a few minutes a turn…

      • ptsant
      • 7 years ago

      I like the idea of having many games (over 300 in steam only, plus gog.com, origin, stardock impulse and boxed), even though I have only played a very very small fraction (about 10-15 on steam). I enjoy collecting them, but only at very low prices. I guess I enjoy the idea that I *could* start playing some of these games eventually (retirement? lol…)

        • yogibbear
        • 7 years ago

        By which time they’ll be available on the equivalent of dosbox for free?… I mean I’d rather play Super Metroid on dosbox than the majority of games on sale.

        Having said that so far have purchased:
        Magicka
        Crysis 2
        Trine 2
        Cave Story
        Duke Nukem Forever
        Dead Island
        The Longest Journey
        Fallout NV – all the dlc (already owned the game)
        Assassin’s Creed Revelations
        Crusader King’s II
        Dear Esther

        OMG I didn’t realise I bought all these till I bothered to type them all out…. (Already played Cave Story since purchasing and it was AWESOME!)

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      No, but then I buy it anyway because it’s on sale and I like to collect games. Maybe I’ll get around to it, or maybe not. I try to anyways. Sometimes the sales get me playing something I wouldn’t normally and I get plesantly surprised. That’s how I came across the first two worlds game, and it was quite enjoyable. The indie bundles are usually worth trying for the price too.

      Oh, E.Y.E., Amnesia, and shadow planet are on my recommend list too. There are others, but I don’t feel like listing them all.

      • Joerdgs
      • 7 years ago

      It has become more of a hobby to collect games on Steam than I actually make the decision to reserve time for playing them. I just tell myself I’ll have plenty of time to work through my backlog when I’m old and retired… in 50 years.

        • Bensam123
        • 7 years ago

        If Steams still around. 😛

        But yes, I know quite a few people that do exactly this.

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      Yup, this is very important rational and something I ask myself all the time. Even if I had the game, would I play it? More importantly, would I enjoy it.

      There are way too many purchases I could make because the games cheap.

      • paulWTAMU
      • 7 years ago

      I’ve had to really start doing that, after spending nearly 120 bucks a year or two back on steam sales and realizing, 6 months later, that I hadn’t played 2/3rds of them.

    • jjj
    • 7 years ago

    On NCIX the original Transformer with the KB dock at 300$ doesn’t sound too bad.

      • dashbarron
      • 7 years ago

      Sold out 🙁

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    You know, Newegg probably could make quite a bit of money if they timed their summer sale (although Neweggs summer sale this year sucked) with the Steam sale. You know get all those gamers with money burning in their pocket who aren’t going to buy a game cause they think they can’t run it. Be even better if Steam had a rating system for that, but one can hope. 😉

    Walkig Dead was on sale for $10 on Steam I believe a few days ago.

    Honestly there really hasn’t been any games I felt like I needed to buy. They’re all sorta mediocre titles, except for Civ 5 (but that I played out already) and BF3 which I sadly own already. I bought Limbo and the Dungeon Defenders Eternia shard pack though, which is 75% off… it’s normally never discounted.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      how can you “play out” civ v?

        • Pettytheft
        • 7 years ago

        Play it so much you get burned out on it. Gods and Kings makes it a much better game though.

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 7 years ago

          You can never “play out” Civ 5.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i’m almost 200 hours, and besides the original starcraft, and heroes of newerth, it’s the only game i’ve played this much ever. you can’t play it out. once you’re winning deity, then you play online.

            • Bensam123
            • 7 years ago

            People actually stick around for the 20 hours or so it takes to finish a game?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<] People actually stick around for the 35 hours or so it takes to finish a game? [/quote<] fixed it for you 🙂 play a huge map, at marathon speeds, and you've got a LONG game. you of course can save it, and resume later. I haven't played much online, just with my friends and family, but if you're looking for a game, let me know! I'm a decent enough player.

            • Bensam123
            • 7 years ago

            I was shortened it because I thought only my friends and I were sane enough to do that.

            How many people actually resume games though unless you’re good friends with them?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i’m not sure, but if you wanted to play one, give me a holler. I’ll resume any game we play! look me up on steam!

          • Bensam123
          • 7 years ago

          Yeah, you suffer burn out and the game gets boring. It usually happens when you finally make it to combat, then the game gets repetitive and makes me lethargic.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            I’m pretty militaristic throughout the game, but i like that aspect. it’s more fun now that you can’t stack, and that combat takes some thought. The tricky part is getting people to end their damn turns. I usually have everything planned for the next 20 turns or so, so i’m usually only about 10 seconds, maybe 20 midgame, but other bros… damn… 120 seconds or more… that gets tiring.

            • Bensam123
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, I plan out things roughly five turns in advance, but people are always stuck fucking around with things. Or they don’t do planning when they end their turn and they sit there and stare blankly at the screen like they can’t do anything.

            Combat does take a lot of time too, I didn’t mention that.

            I personally like doing both, but if you do some combat it cripples the rest of your civ, which becomes more apparent about halfway through the game. Especially if you expand fast you usually cant support the infrastructure to make that happen.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 7 years ago

    Jumped on the nice Civ V price. Huzzah.

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      Likewise. Everything but Gods and Kings for ~$12? Yes, please.

      On the other hand…Gods and Kings is about $22…

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        ADD ME ON STEAM. i’m decent enough, i win immortal, so don’t worry about noobs wrecking your games. sweatshopking on steam if you like civ v!

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 years ago

          I’ll play but it’s been so long since I touched any Civ game that I need to take a couple rounds in V before I jump in. No Gods and Kings for me, though.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            it’s different, i own it too, but i’m not sure it’s really that much better. the combat is improved, slightly, but vanilla v is really excellent.

          • superjawes
          • 7 years ago

          I see there is an invite-only Steam group…any chance I could get one thrown my way?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            what are your steam deets?

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            who is minusing you?

            superjawes I can invite you or ssk can invite you (or anybody in the group for that matter) but we just need your steam nickname so we can find you.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            probably l33t.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            He’s the most agitated Steam hater that I can think of around here, too. Everything – Steam included – is some sort of government mind-control conspiracy to him.

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            Steam keeps you from reselling your games. That’s a fact, not a conspiracy. Do I hate steam as a service? No. Do I hate DRM? Yes. Is SSK a troll? Yes, and no I wasn’t downvoting [i<]all[/i<] of his posts. He can't get a -2 unless multiple people were clicking thumbs down. Oh, and Mind control [url=http://www.infowars.com/colorado-batman-shooting-shows-obvious-signs-of-being-staged/<]is[/url<] [spoiler<]what they used on the batman shooter to help pass a UN gun control treaty. [/spoiler<]

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            that article is concerning. it’s concerning that you believe that stuff. I’m not saying it’s impossible that some government organization was involved. such things have happened in the past. i think it’s crazy to believe that the only thing keeping the khmer rouge out of your house is your handgun. and the rest of the developed world has had gun control forever. where’s my

            [quote<] it’s never too long after that before government genocide really kicks in like we saw with Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and other tyrants. [/quote<] ??? seemingly MIA. that being said, i personally DO find steam annoying, for some things, and in that we can agree.

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            Hey, SSK. I know you love the wonderful UN and its Pseudo rights of “free” goodies, but here’s something to consider:
            [url<]http://planet.infowars.com/resistance/the-un-declaration-of-human-rights-a-sad-joke[/url<] [quote<]Article 29. (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. In other words, these are not “inalienable rights” – but only imaginary rights – as imaginary as government authority – and they only exist when and if the United Nations says they do. If you really need these so-called “rights”, but those in the UN think your exercise of them would be “contrary to the purposes … of the UN,” then They Do Not Exist For You.[/quote<] FYI: North Korea may be great for people who love the party, but for everyone else it's hell on earth. Just something to think about. Also, if anything is concerning here, it's your insistence on ignoring reality. Here's some real history of the gun control agenda: [url<]http://www.infowars.com/cfr-dont-worry-about-hillarys-small-arms-treaty/[/url<] [quote<]i think it's crazy to believe that the only thing keeping the khmer rouge out of your house is your handgun.[/quote<] No, but when people band together to form groups like the NRA, it actually does. [quote<] Ed Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, was more emphatic than many in the early hours after the shooting. "Everyone is scared of the NRA," he said on MSNBC.[/quote<] [quote<]In terms of electoral politics, Harry Wilson, a Roanoke College professor and author of a book on gun politics, said violent crime has been declining in recent years and, "It becomes increasingly difficult to make the argument that we need stricter gun control laws." Additionally, he said in some regions, gun control "can be a winning issue for Democrats. But nationally, it's a loser ... and they have figured that out." Attempts to emphasize the issue will "really motivate the opposition. And in a political campaign, nobody wants to do that," he said.[/quote<] Calls for gun control stir little support: [url<]http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GUN_POLITICS?SITE=PAPIT&SECTION=NATIONAL&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT[/url<]

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            I’ve already said i don’t share your opinion on inalienable rights. I believe in inalienable responsibilities, and a complete rebuilding of a just society, where selfishness is rightly considered a vice. something to be ashamed of. I don’t want forced wealth redistribution; i want the rich to lose sleep over the inequality so that they do it themselves.

            you keep pretending that gun control = north korea. you’re simply wrong. Inforwars is simply wrong. I have concerns about just governance, but i don’t share your conviction that me and my “piece” are the things keeping it in check.

            you have repeatedly failed to answer my questions. WHERE IS MY TOTALITARIAN CANADIAN REGIME? the closest we’ve come to that is harper, and he’s less than a progressive in most countries (not that i like the direction this country is going, i’m a fan of pearson’s vision). we have all kinds of gun control, but seemingly missing our well earned genocide. We also have no first amendment, and no protection for free speech. WHERE IS MY CULTURAL MELTDOWN? I will assume that if you have no answer to these (banned r&p), and my other questions, then you’re admitting your position is in error. if you’re happy publicly doing that, that’s fine.

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]We also have no first amendment[/quote<] Then shut up, or face the gulag. /sarcasm You apparently don't understand that the "rights" we have outlined in our government are merely political acknowledgement of the natural rights of free men. You can't stop a free man from speaking his mind, therefore free speech is a right protected by our government, because it is a government of free people for free people. Freedom doesn't mean freedom from work, hunger, and sickness, it is merely the freedom to be yourself. You have to work for everything else.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            you failed to answer my questions. You created a strawman by by talking about what the freedom of speech is, without explaining why we had no disasters in Canada, despite not having what you believe is fundamental to prevent it. if you can’t answer those questions, then say so.

            I like you l33t, i think you’re crazy, (mutual, i’m sure) but i like you. I am concerned that you might not have considered how the rest of the globe functions without these things. the first amendment is ok, i don’t think it’s that important, we seem to do well enough in Canada, and it does seem to allow a lot of discriminatory talk occur. You can’t stop a free man from speaking his mind, but you can decide who he speaks it to. If an individual is unable to understand that somethings aren’t appropriate, then he’s probably crazy, and should be dealt with as such.

            if you’re that inclined to continue our discussions, please, make a thread in r&p, let me know, and i’ll be happy to be yelled at by you and your like minded friends. I don’t mind being an idealist, and i can take comfort in my good looks, and tight body even if i fail to “win” our discussions 🙂

            ♥♥♥

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            first link:

            I’m happy with ” strict licensing requirements for firearms ownership; create an international gun registry; and mandate that all “unauthorized” firearms (including semi-automatic “assault” rifles) be confiscated and destroyed.”

            You think that a Mozambique situation is ideal? more guns than people should make us all safe, right? there is a DIRECT CORRELATION in Mozambique since the war ended with # of crimes dropping as the # of guns falls. don’t be silly.

            [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCtD3OJ-_Es&feature=related[/url<] crazy video, but great song You ACTUALLY think that the CIA/Military/UN/FBI is happy to wage wars against millions of people, and setup the sneakyist plans in the world, but they're scared of 10 retarded guys with guns in utah? you think that's ACTUALLY going to change their mind on whether or not to do all the EVIL BAD STUFF? I will give you that it's politically unpopular, and that it's a policy loser in your country. it's something people like you take very seriously. why do i care what some guy who worked in the FBI for like 2 hours in the 50's thinks? seriously, you can post infowars links, but if that's all you've got, you're just proving my points. that's like saying "i don't like coke, it's gross" and you say, "no! this coke that's exactly the same proves it's good!" it makes no sense. show me science, from REAL SCIENTISTS, not crazy fbi dropouts from the middle of the last century. Second link: I'm aware that americans are typically uninformed, and favor things that hurt them. look at the failure to pass single payer health care, or reform the criminal system. It's hardly a surprise or important. there is a reason the US is not becoming the leader of anything worth while these days. the leads you DO have (largest economy) you're quickly losing, and the leads your taking (incarcerations per capita) aren't things that anyone wants. I'm not sure what your point is with this link.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            see, that last line is kinda what proved my point.

            • paulWTAMU
            • 7 years ago

            maybe it’s the jameson’s (good booze btw) but I am so frigging lost how the fuck this got from steam to the un gun ban thing.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            l33t says this is SRSBZNS

            WINE-O

            • superjawes
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]Steam keeps you from reselling your games. That's a fact, not a conspiracy.[/quote<] [url=https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=6748-ETSG-5417<]Is that so?[/url<] EDIT: I was wrong about this one.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            that’s only for games you haven’t played, or hats. that’s it.

            [quote<] Does Steam Trading mean I can sell my used games? No, only games that have been bought as a gift, and thus have never been played, can be traded. Once the Steam Gift is opened and added to your game library, you won’t be able to trade it again. [/quote<]

            • superjawes
            • 7 years ago

            I guess I missed that. I thought I saw someone have a gifted game taken back, though…

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 7 years ago

    Could someone setup a secure proxy in the US for us European Steam games consumers?
    Thank you.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      One or both of these might work for you:

      Hotspot Shield:

      [url<]http://hotspotshield.com/lp/access_hulu_aw/?gclid=CKvLmpPWz60CFUbCKgod1BWxkw[/url<] ShopUSA: [url<]http://www.usunlocked.com/[/url<]

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    I bought Crysis 2 for $12 and Trine 2 for $3.75.

    To all you haters out there, I LOOOOVVVVEEE Steam!

      • Visigoth
      • 7 years ago

      I think most people love Steam now, especially because they’re porting Steam to Linux.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t believe that most people even know what Linux is. Gaming on Linux certainly doesn’t represent the mainstream.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 years ago

          Yeah, I think he might be over-estimating just how many people know what Linux might be. And I doubt it’ll matter to those who oppose Steam for whatever reason, either.

          • yogibbear
          • 7 years ago

          What is this Linux? Will it match my iPhone gelskin?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            what color is your gelskin? does it have sparkles?

      • burntham77
      • 7 years ago

      Who hates Steam? That’s like hating awesome.

        • odizzido
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t hate steam, but I still think it sucks.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        there are some people who just wont’ do steam because of the DRM scheme (which is honestly very forgiving, IMO). I’m surprised that people having spewed their venom all over this discussion yet.

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